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WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award

This Award is presented to a veterinarian (or veterinary-team member) in recognition of that individual’s contribution to companion animal welfare at a local, regional or international level. This contribution may relate to leadership, public service, education, research, product development, and/or advocacy. The award is intended to not only recognise this important contribution, but to increase the global community’s awareness of the essential role veterinarians play as advocates of animal welfare.

Dr Renee Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, WSAVA Honorary Secretary (left), Dr Melissa Bain, recipient of the WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award 2019 (middle) and Dr Shane Ryan, WSAVA President (right)



  • It is preferred nominees are from a WSAVA member association
  • Nominations may be submitted by: 
    • WSAVA member organisations;
    • Individuals from WSAVA member organisations;
    • WSAVA committees;
    • Governmental and/or non-governmental organisations with an interest in animal welfare and the veterinary profession;
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted;
  • Serving WSAVA executive board, committee or assembly members are not eligible;
  • Nominations must reflect specific accomplishments in the field of animal welfare, as opposed to examples of quality veterinary practice;
  • Nominations may be based on a sustained effort or an extraordinary single achievement in any or all the following areas with relation to companion animal welfare: 
    • Leadership;
    • Public service (e.g., community programs, public policy development);
    • Research and/or product development;
    • Education;
    • Advocacy;
  • Recipients must be available and willing to attend a presentation ceremony and participate in other recognition activities;
Preference is given to recipients from the region of the congress but ultimately the best candidate will be selected.


Nominations for the 2020 awards are now open. The deadline to submit a nomination is December 15th, 2019. 

What WSAVA Member Association are you a member of? If you are not a member, fill in 'none'
What award would you like to submit this nomination for?
If you are nominating yourself, please fill in your details again. If you are nominating someone else, please fill in their details here
What WSAVA Member Association is the nominee a member of?
Please explain why the nominee, in your opinion, deserves to receive this award
Please upload the Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the nominee
Please upload a reference letter containing relevant information on the nominee's suitability and qualifications for the award
Please upload a reference letter from the nominee's veterinary colleagues and/or local veterinary association
Please upload a reference letter from veterinarians or veterinary-team members, clients, members of the community, and/or representatives of relevant institutions
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